Music in games seems often overlooked, and one kind of theme typically ignored in the background is a game's menu music. These tunes are what we hear when we set up the game, and they vary from laidback to lively as they set the mood for the type of game ahead. Shining a spotlight on these commonly underappreciated compositions, listed here are my favourite themes for when I'm making choices.
...just kidding. You have some good ones too, hard to argue too much with Melee at #1. Tetrisphere had such an awesome soundtrack, very good choice! I kind of miss that era of gaming music, there were some pretty non-conventional soundtracks.
@Stephen@Zero Those are title screens! That's a completely different category. Also I think Prime 1's file theme plays somewhere else in the game, such as the credits or something. I decided to go for pure menu themes, which is why I took Dragon Warrior off my list as it is also the town theme.
@nate38 Well, at least I wouldn't disagree that MM9's is one of the better ones to come from the series.
@TriforceBun Haven't played it yet, sorry! But I think that first one might be more than a menu theme.
@Stephen Hm, well I'm not very familiar with Metroid Prime 3, so I may be misremembering on that one, although the linked video is named "Title Screen." But the Xenoblade one is definitely the title screen, but I think it continues playing on the file select as well. But it isn't a pure menu theme.
Prime 3's continues onto the menu theme, but Prime 1's (linked here) is the title screen and has a different menu theme. Both of those KIU ones were from the game's menus though, and it even has several more (similar to SSBB's multiple themes like when you're looking at trophies, etc).
Just an fyi for those who care, I've secured a recording time for Euphonic 003 with Joe. Just been working to schedule that with him but the regular podcast takes priority. We're recording soon though and I'm probably going to whip out the thread for the fourth episode... I love listening and talking about gaming music. This list is awesome and Andrew's addition is essential.
@sirmastersephiroth Trust me, it was tough to just pick one from the Mega Man series (I didn't want to populate the list with Mega Man). That and the password screen were pretty close to making it instead.